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York Knights v Featherstone Rovers - Match Preview

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York Knights continue their Betfred Championship season with a home clash against division leaders Featherstone Rovers at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

York’s run in the Betfred Challenge Cup came to an end last weekend when Betfred Super League high-fliers Leigh Leopards sealed a come-from-behind 34-14 win, having seen the Knights 14-6 ahead just shy of the hour mark.

Andrew Henderson’s side return to Betfred Championship action today as table-toppers Featherstone make their second visit to the LNER Community Stadium in a month.

Featherstone came away with a 46-16 victory when the two sides last met in late May in the finale of the Betfred Championship Summer Bash, with winger Gareth Gale finishing with four tries.

That was the second of three regular season meetings between the pair, with Rovers having run out as 46-4 winners at the Millennium Stadium at the end of March. Gale again enjoyed a fruitful afternoon, notching a second-half hat-trick for Fev.

Those wins are two of 14 victories picked up by Featherstone from 15 league outings, the only blotch on their record being a 36-18 home defeat to Toulouse Olympique earlier this month – the Rovers’ first regular season loss since July last year.

The upset inflicted by Toulouse was not the only defeat suffered by Featherstone to a Betfred Championship side this season, it should be pointed out, with sixth-placed Halifax Panthers knocking their fellow West Yorkshire club out of the Betfred Challenge Cup via a narrow 22-18 triumph at the Millennium Stadium.

While losses to Toulouse and Halifax show that Featherstone can be beaten, the Knights will be under little illusions about the size of tasking facing them.

Rovers have racked up a staggering 636 points from their 15 league matches to date - an average of more than 42 – while conceding just 166 points from the same time period – an average of under 12.

For the hosts, York will be seeking to recapture the form that saw them win four times on the bounce between late April and the end of May before the current four-match losing run to Featherstone (46-16), Batley Bulldogs (14-8), Sheffield Eagles (40-10) and Leigh (14-34).

York Knights resume their Betfred Championship campaign against league leaders Featherstone Rovers at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

General admission Adult tickets are priced at £20, Concession tickets at £15 and Under-16s are FREE. General admission tickets can be purchased HERE.

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